Carolina Hurricanes hit it out of the park in more ways than one on Friday

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74). Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74). Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

The Carolina Hurricanes continued to roll on Friday and they looked good doing it.

It seems as though that we haven’t really talked about the Carolina Hurricanes that much as of late here on Puck Prose, which is a shame given that they have been red hot in the Central Division. So, we are sorry for that and we promise to make up for it, starting right now and right here.

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They were in action on Friday night and, as has been the case recently, they continued to dominate by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 at PNC Arena. The win saw the Hurricanes improve to an impressive 4-0-1 record in their last five games, while they are also second in the Central with a 11-3-1 record.

Now, there is no doubt that the Canes would be top of that division if it were not for the Florida Panthers, who have been absolutely outstanding through the first quarter of the 2020-21 season and they are one of the biggest surprise stories of the year so far.

Anyway, back to the Hurricanes and not only did they manage to keep their current hot streak going on Friday, but they also looked incredibly good doing it given that they debuted their Reverse Retro jerseys for the first time this season, which meant the return of Pucky the Whale and Brass Bonanza.

Carolina Hurricanes win again on Friday and look good doing it in Reverse Retro jerseys

Now, being a hockey junky and someone who appreciates the rich history of the game we all love, I have long held a not-so secret love affair with those beautiful Hartford Whalers jerseys and I love that the Carolina Hurricanes remember the franchise’s roots by staging a Whaler night once a season.

Well, after deciding to honor the Whalers with their Reverse Retro jerseys, we will see those roots honored a few times this year and they made their debut on Friday night. And, boy, did they look beautiful.

With the main body of the jersey a cool grey color, the Canes did an excellent job of really paying homage to the old Hartford Whalers with blue and green trim on the collar and on the sleeves, while mixing in the white with the blue and the green on the sleeves and on the bottom of the jersey really did complete the look.

That famous Hartford Whalers logo looked stunning in blue and green, while having Pucky the Whale on both shoulders was a really nice touch as was the shiny green lettering on the back of the jersey. With the green pants and the green buckets, the Carolina Hurricanes just looked unreal out on the ice and these are probably some of my favorite Reverse Retro jerseys out there because of the nostalgia it brings back and invokes.

And, to make things even better, the Hurricanes backed up their new look by doing what they have for a while and getting the job done. Nino Niederreiter recorded his 8th goal of the year to get the Canes on the board first, and he would also record the game-winner on the power play in the third period, picking up his 300th career NHL point in the process.

While Patrick Kane and Ian Mitchell quickly hit back after Vincent Trocheck had made it a 2-0 game, the Hurricanes have been finding a multitude of ways to win and that was the case yet again on Friday night as they netted back-to-back power play goals thanks to Martin Necas and Niederreiter, before defenseman Jaccob Slavin scored an empty-netter to secure the win for the Canes.

Also, I love how the Hurricanes fully embrace their past and playing Brass Bonanza after the win and on their social media channels is just such a cool thing to do.

These Carolina Hurricanes play an impressive style of hockey and they play the game hard, which shouldn’t be surprising given that Rod Brind’Amour is their Head Coach. But they also boast an abundance of young talent and enough firepower to sink a small fleet of battleships, while they are also starting to get contributions from up and down the lineup as was the case on Friday night.

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In what is a wide-open Central Division, it wouldn’t be surprising if it is the Carolina Hurricanes who battle the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top seed because they’ve got the depth, the talent, the weapons and the coaching needed to take that next giant leap. And, as was the case last night, they’ve also got some damn nice looking Reverse Retro uniforms and, if we had our way, we would see Pucky the Whale and those stunning Hartford Whalers jerseys every single night.